- YOU, TOO, CAN LIVE IN NORMAN MAILER’S HOUSE [THE PARIS REVIEW]
- TOM WOLFE, STRAIGHT-ARROW VIRGINIA GENT [THE PARIS REVEIW]
- FABULOUS PHOTOS FROM NYC’S PUNK AND NO-WAVE ERA [FLAVORWIRE]
- STUNNING ILLUSTRATIONS FOR NEW EDITIONS OF ‘FAHRENHEIT 451’ AND ‘I AM LEGEND’ [FLAVORWIRE]
I’ve been busy this month, but not too busy to get my reading year off to a fairly fine start. This is typical of my reading habits, though. January is always one of my best bookish months.
This is what I’ve been up to in January, reading-wise.
BOOKS I’VE FINISHED:
- OUTSIDE THE LINES: LOST PHOTOGRAPHS OF PUNK AND NEW WAVE’S MOST ICONIC ALBUMS BY MATTEO TORCINOVICH
- JOAN CRAWFORD: THE ENDURING STAR BY PETER COWIE
- LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CITY BY JOSEPH GIES & FRANCES GIES
- THE MYSTERY OF EVERETT RUESS BY W.L. RUSHO
- LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL CASTLE BY JOSEPH GIES & FRANCES GIES
- THE MGM STORY: THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF FIFTY ROARING YEARS BY JOHN DOUGLAS EAMES
BOOKS I’M CURRENTLY READING:
- JUBILEE HITCHHIKER: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF RICHARD BRAUTIGAN BY WILLIAM HJORTSBERG
- THE MAN WHO NEVER DIED: THE LIFE, TIMES, AND LEGACY OF JOE HILL, AMERICAN LABOR ICON BY WILLIAM M. ADLER
What are you reading this month? Please share in the comments!
I enjoyed most of the books I read in 2017, but here are 11 that, for different reasons, caught my fancy.
In no particular order, they are:
- SHAKESPEARE: THE WORLD AS STAGE BY BILL BRYSON
- SINATRA: HOLLYWOOD HIS WAY BY TIMOTHY KNIGHT
- BEAUTIFUL BOREDOM: IDLENESS AND FEMININE SELF-REALIZATION IN THE VICTORIAN NOVEL BY LEE ANNA MAYNARD
- LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE BY FRANCES AND JOSEPH GIES
- PAIN, PARTIES, WORK: SYLVIA PLATH IN NEW YORK, SUMMER 1953 BY ELIZABETH WINDER
- UNDER THE BIG BLACK SUN: A PERSONAL HISTORY OF L.A. PUNK BY JOHN DOE
- IN THE GREAT GREEN ROOM: THE BRILLIANT AND BOLD LIFE OF MARGARET WISE BROWN BY AMY GARY
- GRETA GARBO: THE MYSTERY OF STYLE BY STEFANIA RICCI
- WHEN PARIS SIZZLED: THE 1920S PARIS OF HEMINGWAY, CHANEL, COCTEAU, COLE PORTER, JOSEPHINE BAKER, AND THEIR FRIENDS BY MARY MCAULIFFE
- SIRENS & SINNERS: A VISUAL HISTORY OF WEIMAR FILM 1918-1933 BY HANS HELMUT PRINZLER
- THE BEST MINDS OF MY GENERATION: A LITERARY HISTORY OF THE BEATS BY ALLEN GINSBERG
What were your fave books of 2017? Please share with me in the comments.
Introspective but firm, that is…
This is my response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction.
On 19th July, I saw Sarah Shook & the Disarmers at Ace of Cups. Country music isn’t my normal cup of tea, but Sarah Shook is one of the awe-inspiring exceptions.
On the 25th, I finally watched one of my bucket list acts: Lydia Lunch. Then I met her and gave her a drink. Good times. Satisfying times.
What is on your end-of-winter book list? I’m finishing up preliminary work for my novella; as a result, I haven’t been able to devote too much time to reading. Here’s where I’m at this month…
Since 1st February, I’ve finished:
- Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk by John Doe with Tom DeSavia and Friends (Foreword by Billie Joe Armstrong)
I’m Currently Reading:
- Treat Me Like Dirt: An Oral History of Punk in Toronto and Beyond 1977-1981 by Liz Worth
- Hotel Florida: Truth, Love, and Death in the Spanish Civil War by Amanda Vaill
- The Last Love Song: A Biography of Joan Didion by Tracy Daugherty
- Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
Which book on your list do you most look forward to reading, and why?
Please share with me in the comments!
The other day, through complete happenstance, I found myself listening to/reading the perfect music/book combo. I’ve never consciously attempted to so harmoniously blend the two before, but I’ll definitely do so in the future.
Book: Art on the Block: Tracking the New York Art World from SoHo to the Bowery, Bushwick and Beyond by Ann Fensterstock